How to Clean Scratches Off Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are recognised for their versatility, durability and diverse patterns. Although ceramic tiles are generally resistant to damage, glazed tiles containing a glossy finish are prone to scratches from sharp objects. Ceramic tiles installed on countertops are especially susceptible to scratches from knives and metal cooking utensils. Scratches are especially apparent on dark coloured tiles. Promptly remove scratches from ceramic tiles to restore their aesthetic appeal. Fortunately, basic supplies can clean minor scratches off ceramic tiles.

Pour 2 tbsp of mild liquid soap and 1 gallon of warm water into a clean plastic bucket. Thoroughly mix the solution.

Scrub the scratched tile with the soapy solution using a nonabrasive sponge. Remove all dust, dirt and grime from the affected tile.

Dampen a clean microfiber cloth with warm water. Wipe the scratched tile with the damp cloth to rinse away the soapy solution and loosened grime.

Wipe the tile with a clean cotton towel until dry. Make sure the tile is completely clean and dry before proceeding with the repair.

Apply 1 tsp of toothpaste directly to the scratch. Spread the toothpaste evenly over the scratched area.

Scrub the scratched area with a clean toothbrush. Try to remove as much of the scratch as possible.

Wipe the tile with a clean microfiber cloth dampened with warm water. Completely wash away the toothpaste.

Dry the tile with another clean cotton towel.

Apply a coat of nail polish to the remaining scratch. Completely fill the scratch with nail polish so that the repair blends in with the surrounding tile. Use a shade of nail polish that best matches the tile.

Allow the nail polish to dry according to the manufacturer's directions.


You can substitute brass polisher for the toothpaste.


Steel wool pads and abrasive scouring powders can damage ceramic tiles.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp mild liquid soap
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Clean plastic bucket
  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • 2 clean microfiber cloths
  • Warm water
  • 2 clean cotton towels
  • 1 tsp toothpaste
  • Clean toothbrush
  • Nail polish
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